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Tags: Virus Outbreak | Brazil | Bolsonaro Investigation

Brazil's Bolsonaro: Pandemic Inquiry Accusations 'fantasies'

Brazil's Bolsonaro: Pandemic Inquiry Accusations 'fantasies'

Thursday, 21 October 2021 10:01 PM

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday the 11 charges against him recommended in a senate pandemic report are fantasies and should be ignored.

The report read in the legislature on Wednesday alleged Bolsonaro committed crimes against humanity, among other proposed charges, for bungling Brazil’s response to COVID-19 and contributing to the country having the world’s second-highest pandemic death toll.

“I am not going to discuss these people's fantasies. I am not going to discuss this load of stupidity,” Brazil's president said in his first address since the Senate inquiry report was released.

The Senate investigation lasted six months. The committee’s rapporteur, Sen. Renan Calheiros, called for Bolsonaro’s indictment on charges ranging from charlatanism and inciting crime to misuse of public funds and crimes against humanity.

The decision on whether to file most of the charges will be up to Brazil’s prosecutor general, a Bolsonaro appointee and ally.

Bolsonaro continued to promote unproven COVID-19 treatments during Thursday's broadcast. He also said he was the only head of state to be truthful about the effects of the pandemic on the economy.

“We did not stick with the politically correct. I chose the right side and the side of the truth is always the toughest one,” the Brazilian president said. “Stay at home policies were among the most perverse in (the history of) humanity,” he said.

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said Thursday the 11 charges against him recommended in a senate pandemic report are fantasies and should be ignored. The report read in the legislature on Wednesday alleged Bolsonaro committed crimes against humanity, among other proposed...
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